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Yo-Yo Ma | Silk Road Ensemble play Boston 'Celebrity Series' / WBUR: The Artery

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When you hear Yo-Yo Ma play, it changes you. Not only is he the cello's leading interpreter of the great repertory, but when he plays the Dvorak concerto, or Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto, it becomes more than just great music. Through charisma, effortless technique and sheer enjoyment of the process, he transforms.

He's been transforming the nature of music-making as well, for 15 years now. His Silk Road Ensemble, bringing an anniversary concert to Symphony Hall for the Celebrity Series of Boston on March 4, has jolted the musical notions of eastern, western, classical, world and folk.

"Everything is being upended," he says, talking about the world, and not just about music. "Nowadays we don't have a philosophy that can hold all the ideas of culture together, and we've outpaced our ability to make sense of things. It's had some disastrous consequences. In a nanosecond economies can surge or flounder, in ways that are out of control."

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